Celebrating the makers of 2024

Visit our online exhibition of groundbreaking work by graduating and thesis students from across the college, find end-of-year events, and connect with us on social media.


Makers ready to meet tomorrow

Congratulate the creative and intellectual achievements of CCA’s next generation of architects, artists, critical thinkers, designers, historians, filmmakers, photographers, and writers by exploring their work in the Showcase.

The capstone projects shown here empower us collectively to challenge the status quo and remind us how everyday themes such as humor, dreams, hope, and play help anchor our connection to one another.

These graduates and thesis students have made work that makes a difference. Now, they’re ready to act and change the world.


Recognizing outstanding student contributions

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The deans of CCA’s four academic divisions selected students whose submissions to the 2024 Showcase demonstrate excellence in theory and practice.

A special note of congratulations from the deans

Commencement is a significant milestone of personal and academic achievement. The next generation of CCA-educated artists, architects, curators, designers, strategists, filmmakers, and writers has emerged. We’re honored to share the work of these exceptional graduates through the Class of 2024 Showcase.

These creative individuals have produced research, projects, and works of art, design, architecture, and writing that are original, compelling, and ambitious. Their many accomplishments attest to their tenacity and passion as well as their capacity to ask hard questions and to boldly envision futures that are inclusive and sustainable.

Now more than ever, we value these graduates for their critical imagination for they are central to shaping culture during these rapidly changing times. We’re eager to see where they journey post-graduation and how they will transform the world and our experience of it through their voices, craft, and vision.

We applaud you. Congratulations, Class of 2024!

— Dean of Architecture Keith Krumwiede, Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent, Dean of Fine Arts Sunny A. Smith, and Dean of Humanities & Sciences Jacqueline Francis

Explore the showcase by division and program

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We envision architecture that can change the world for the better, by combining innovation in our fields with social and environmental impact. Our work addresses critical global issues—including climate change, resource scarcity, and housing inequity—through deep research, theoretical speculation, and design action.

Fashion Design students prep for critiques in the Nave.


We engage with the most pressing challenges of our time and imagine what’s next by applying the full range of a designer’s toolset, from research and ideation to strategic foresight and iterative prototyping. Our work is driven by an ambition to create a world we want to live in.

Students participate in a printmedia workshop with Drew Cameron of combat paper held at Rayko in San Francisco.

Fine Arts

We are truth-seekers, culture workers, storytellers, and activists. With curiosity, honesty, and self-reflection, we boldly confront reality, using our creativity to craft a repository of collective memory and to ignite others to envision the future differently.

Attendees speak with comic artists at the Comics: Pride in Panels event.

Humanities & Sciences

We activate interdisciplinary modes of critical and creative expression to delve into the social, political, and historical dimensions of our changing times. Our work embraces social transformation and worldbuilding through writing, visual analysis, curatorial practice, and comics.

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Opportunities to celebrate theory and practice

The 2024 Showcase and its associated celebrations are free and open to the public, from in-person events and exhibitions to animations, films, online symposiums, and more. Browse programs and mark your calendars.


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May 17, 2024

“As imagemakers we have sought to create an active role in creating exchanges of perspectives about art and culture; and how art engages with questions we face as a society today. Our experience as artists and academics have reaffirmed our belief that the arts have a crucial role to play in imagining new futures, especially in turbulent times such as these.” — Deborah Willis

We’re proud to award an honorary doctorate degree to inspirational artists, designers, and thinkers each year at our Commencement Ceremony. We were thrilled to have artist and scholar Deborah Willis and visual artist and CCA alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography and MA Visual Criticism 2003) as the degree recipients at our 117th Commencement Ceremony last weekend.

An advocate for all voices, Deborah Willis has been instrumental in furthering diversity and inclusion in the art world. Her work continues to inspire generations of artists, scholars, and educators, cementing her legacy as a leading figure in art history and visual studies.

Hank Willis Thomas’s work engages with historical and contemporary issues of social justice, drawing attention to systemic inequities and advocating for change. Like his mother, he is also recognized for his activism in nurturing diversity and inclusion in the art industry. Thomas’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the art world, provoking important conversations and reflections.

Congratulations, @debwillisphoto and #HankWillisThomas!

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May 10, 2024

Walk it like we talk it 🗣 At the end of every spring semester, @ccafashiondesign program debuts the collections of graduating seniors with a runway presentation.

☆ Special thanks to President David Howse (@dhowse75) for opening the show. ☆

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May 9, 2024

🌞There’s only a month left to submit your Pre-College application🌞 At Pre-College, high school students get to spend a month seeing what’s its like to be a CCA student. Pre-College students get to live on campus, take studio courses, go on adventures around the city on the weekends — all while earning 3️⃣ college credits.

Sign up: cca.edu/precollege

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May 1, 2024

Artists Michael Jang and Xandra Ibarra went to see the new Curatorial Practice thesis exhibition — have you?

Now at @wattisarts: 𝓐𝓫𝓼𝓸𝓵𝓾𝓽𝓮 𝓜𝓮𝓶𝓸𝓻𝔂: 𝓐𝓷 𝓐𝓻𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓢𝓸𝓯𝓽𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼 features artists Widline Cadet, Xandra Ibarra, Michael Jang, Clifford Prince King, and Kenneth Tam.
Curated by the @cca_curatorial_practice Class of 2024: Samantha Hiura, Megan Kelly, and Sherry Xiang.

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